OCTOBER 22, 2014 – The U.S. Army issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a 40 megawatt project at Fort Hood, Texas. A Notice of Intent to Award is anticipated in early 2015.
The proposed project combines the purchase of electricity from an onsite generation asset with offsite renewable energy.
The onsite solar renewable energy generation system is expected to produce up to 40 megawatts of electric power, which the Army will purchase for a price at or below projected utility rates.
This Fort Hood project will be micro-grid ready to enhance energy security.
The energy purchased from the onsite solar system will be combined with wind energy produced offsite.
Additionally, the project will bring the Army closer to its commitment to the President of deploying one gigawatt of renewable energy generation by 2025.
Fort Hood is located in central Texas, approximately 60 miles north of Austin, along the San Antonio – Waco corridor. It is in the middle of four rapidly growing metropolitan areas — San Antonio, Austin, Houston, and Dallas – Fort Worth.
Fort Hood is the largest active duty post in the U.S. Armed Services. It is home to III Armored Corps and two divisions, 1st Cavalry Division and 1st Army, Division West.
Fort Hood is located on more than 214,000 acres of land, and has a population of approximately 80,000. Installation peak energy demand is approximately 110 MW.